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Ballmer: Azure ready for release by end of year

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Microsoft soon will announce pricing for Azure, which it claims will cost less than the price companies pay to run a server on premise

By Elizabeth Montalbano
February 24, 2009 

Microsoft plans to release its Windows Azure cloud computing platform before the end of the year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Tuesday.

In comments made to members of the financial community, Ballmer said Microsoft will have "the ability to go to market" with Azure by the end of this year at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in November.
"[Azure] will reach fruition with the PDC this year," he said. Ballmer spoke to Wall Street analysts Tuesday to give them an update on Microsoft's financial status and what they can expect from the company for the remainder of the fiscal and calendar year. Microsoft's fiscal year ends on June 30.

Azure competes with Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) as a scalable hosting environment on which developers can build and host their applications. The service fills an emerging market need for hosted infrastructure that allows companies to cut IT costs by building and deploying applications on the Web rather than spending money to build IT infrastructure on premise. [...]

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